Category: Spice Up Your Life

Chill out with this no-churn ice cream

Several weeks ago, a friend of mine enlisted my help with a thank-you dessert bar for some awesome volunteers. For my contribution to the spread, she asked if I?d bring ice cream. Now, a normal person would have gone to the store, bought a couple containers of ice cream and brought them on over. But I saw this as an […]

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You ?oat? to try this awesome oatmeal cake

If being a teacher has taught me nothing else, it is that teenagers are incredibly motivated by food. Not long ago, my yearbook students earned a baked treat for completing a big milestone. When the nine of them sat down to decide what they wanted me to make for them, I learned another lesson: teenagers are picky?even with dessert. After […]

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There?s ?muffin? wrong with this recipe

For days, I had about a dozen leftover strawberries sitting in my fridge, and I was baffled as to what to do with them. After some Web searching, I decided it was time to make something for breakfast, and when I ran across a recipe for strawberry coffee cake muffins on the blog called ?Living Better Together,? I was sold. […]

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You can be on a roll with this lasagna recipe

One of the reasons I love trying new recipes is that I seem to learn new tricks and methods with each one. For this week?s recipe, I received three lessons. First, lasagna noodles love to stick together. I had all kinds of trouble with my noodles fusing together in my colander. Next time I cook them, I?ll have a better […]

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Slow down and eat molasses cookies

An open letter to the person who put April into hyperdrive: Please cease and desist. Between the end of my students? forensics season, prom-sponsoring duties and now having to rearrange my lesson plans since our school board cut five days off our school year, I feel like my days are on fast forward. That?s why I decided it was time […]

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A good reason to say ?halo? to angel food cake

I like to stretch my abilities in the kitchen to try making foods I?ve never made before. This week, I was able to conquer another recipe off my culinary bucket list by making an angel food cake from scratch. I decided I would give it a try for our family Easter lunch, and I have to admit I was a […]

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Go with the grain: Make Mexican red rice

One of my favorite foods has always been rice. I love it with broccoli, served with chicken or stuffed inside a burrito, but if I had to choose my favorite style, I?d have to say, hands down, it?s Mexican rice. When I was younger, we?d often eat great authentic Mexican food at a quick place in a mall food court. […]

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Coffee sugar cookies will keep you grounded

It seemed like a normal day. I was in my classroom, changing the date on the whiteboard, pushing in and arranging chairs, and just like every morning, sipping on my travel mug of coffee. That?s when it happened. I took a large gulp to finish up the rest of the delicious liquid in the bottom of my cup only to […]

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Chicken penne bake makes a tubular dinner

I have been completely, head-over-heels in love with the warm weather. If I wouldn?t melt down into asthmatic wheezing due to the remnant cough from a cold I had last week, I would be spending half my time whirling around, Julie Andrews style, in a field somewhere. With that said, I?ve had little interest in being stuck in the kitchen […]

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Get a kick out of some spicy brownies

Teachers? loun?ges?much like break rooms everywhere, I suspect?are the perfect place to deposit any food you want to get rid of. In a matter of a few hours, the only memory of whatever treat your Tupper?ware held will be a few errant crumbs. At the high school, we often share food with one another, so during our most recent planned […]

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